Leeuwenboschfontein Weekend Outing

Please come and join your club on an outing to Leeuwenboschfontein in the Klein Karoo.

There is a 4×4 trail on the farm that has earned several accolades as well as being one of Go! Drive Out’s Top Ten trails.

Leeuenboschfontein is set in a valley that speaks to your senses, against the unique landscapes of succulents and Renosterbos, bordered by breath-taking mountains of the Klein Karoo.

4×4 TRAILS:

There is a 4×4 trail on the farm that has earned several accolades as well as being one of Go! Drive Out?s Top Ten trails. Even the Kyknet program Safari 4×4 has visited it and the route set quite a challenge to the acclaimed Andre de Villiers. The farm?s previous owner and the original developer of the route, Jannie du Plessis, is well known in the 4×4 circles. The route is also officially recognised as an environmental friendly 4×4 trail.

The 20 km mountain trail starts at the main house from where it winds through typical renosterveld, descending through some ditches and climbing over small inclines. This section is somewhat technical with some low-range climbing along a well maintained track and reaching the summit at 1 400 meter above sea level. At the highest part of the trail a special vantage point awaits you. Enjoy 360 Degree views from within this shelter, surrounded by the luxury of a built-in working surface for preparing a meal, sufficient seating and a cosy central fire place. With sufficient parking, this is the preferred venue for a well-earned rest.

From there the road descends down the mountain to complete the circular route. Two very steep declines await you on this section of the trail. The majority of the trail is a 3 rating, with some obstacles hovering around the 4 mark.

“On the right you?ll notice a 4-rated route branching off to the north: this path takes you to a steep, gullied descent, aptly named Lion?s Balls, and you?ll need them to tackle this drop!” -SA 4×4

“The most difficult section of the trail is not named Lion?s Balls for nothing. Careful navigation, a good line and tons of guts will see you through, but like playing with the proverbial lion?s crown jewels, it needs to be tackled with finesse.?” – Drive Out

ACCOMMODATION

There is an attractive camp site (more about this later) and for those who don?t feel like pitching a tent, there are six separate units: Bungalow, De Kraal, Willows Cottage, and the original old manor house which is divided into 3 separate units. If you wish to make use of the non-camping facilities i.e. any of the units, you need to liaise directly with the farm and pay them directly for the accommodation portion of the weekend.

Camping:

The camp site is situated under willow trees next to a dam. Each of the camp sites is equipped with water, electricity and a light point as well as a work surface/table.

A spacious shed (booked for our club use) provides for an alternative campsite should the weather turn against us. The shed is well suited as a venue for functions and includes a large indoor fire place, showers, toilets and a kitchen. Other facilities include hot water, cloak rooms, toilets, a bathroom with a bath and shower and a camping kitchen.

RENDEZVOUS:

DATE: Friday 20 April 2018
PLACE: Leeuwenboschfontein, Between Worcester, Touwsrivier
and Montagu (about 200 km from Cape Town)
GPS: South 33° 34? 00 / East 19° 59? 08
[ S33.56782 , E19.98295]
TIME: Friday afternoon

PROGRAM:

Friday
Because Friday is a normal working day for most of us and not everyone can leave the same time, we will meet at Leeuwenboschfontein farm. We do recommend stopping at the nearest town, depending from which direction you are coming and fill up with fuel before making the last stretch to the farm.

At Leeuwenboschfontein we will set up camp. Thereafter we will light the traditional fires and have a communal braai at the shed.

Saturday
We will do the mountain route on the farm, stopping over at the view point for a picnic (bring the necessary) before completing the circular route back to the camp site, where we will have another evening around the fires in the shed.

Sunday
We will break camp and all depart at their leisure. Note:- Guests DO NOT have to vacate the premises by 10:00 am on Sunday and are invited to spend the day!

RSVP:
In order to secure a spot, RSVP to outings@4wd-wc.co.za by Saturday, 31 March 2018.
Only 12 vehicles can be accommodated on this trip.

COST: Prices to be confirmed
Camping: R90 per person per night, R50 per child 10 years
and younger
Wood: The club will subsidise ample firewood, additional
wood can be bought at the farm
Route: R240 per vehicle for the full Mountain 4×4 trail,
R120 up to the viewpoint only

Please pay a deposit of R300 into the club account with ?LBF?, your Name and Surname. The final outstanding fee will be calculated once the group has been finalised.
Please note that your name will only be placed on the ?confirmed members? list after your non-refundable deposit has been received.

OUTINGS ORGANISER:
Please contact Frans Stander for any enquiries 079 697 1675 or vice@4wd-wc.co.za

GENERAL:
This is a late summer /Autumn Trip.
Always consider the possibility of rain. Pack clothing accordingly.
Always advisable to wear comfortable closed shoes or boots.
Advisable to have a broad rim hat and sun block on hand.
Use tie-down straps to secure all items packed, as loose items can become missiles.
Every camp site has its own water tap.
Please bring own refuse bags.
No pets allowed.
Bring all eat and drink for the weekend. This to include snacks for on the trail.
Splash pool for the brave ones.

VEHICLE REQUIREMENTS:
All vehicles must be in sound mechanical condition.
Can only accommodate vehicles with LOW RANGE.
Always have your spare keys with you.
Recovery points fitted to the front and rear on your vehicle are a prerequisite.
Your own Kinetic/recovery strap and 2 x shackles.
A tyre pump and tyre pressure gauge may be required to deflate/inflate tyres.
Carry a fire extinguisher, which is easily accessible in the event of an emergency.
Always carry your personal medical kit. Pack where accessible.
All other recovery equipment must be supplied.

TWO WAY RADIOS:
Communication between participating vehicles on any 4×4 excursion is important for many reasons. It contributes towards the safety of drivers, passengers and vehicles while on a 4×4 trail, where drivers can communicate with one another as regards to their location and situation not to mention the interesting information that is shared with participants.
For those who have not got a VHF Radio with the ORRA Channels the Club has radios available for hire. Contact Jimmy Niemann radio@4wd-wc.co.za in this regard, well in advance please.

WRITE UP:
Somebody from the group will be requested to write a short trip report for the website and our Facebook page, and please include some pictures.

We hope to see many Club Members on this outing.